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Windows XP Home Edition Boot Problems

By Sonicd69
Jun 30, 2007
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  1. I have a Dell Dimension 9100. I am getting a STOP: error on bootup. Here is the stop error.

    STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
    The registry cannot load the hive (file):
    \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
    or its log or alternate.
    It is corrupt, absent or not writable.

    Beginning dup of physical memory
    Physical memory dump complete.
    Contact your administrator or technical support group for further assistance.

    The computer was working fine 2 days ago.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. CCT

    CCT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,556

  3. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    This is a serious problem. If the registry cannot load, nothing can run.

    My best recommendation at this point is to run an XP repair installation from an XP installation CD. If you don't have one, borrow one from a local comp store. Make sure it has the matching service pack for your installation.
  4. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The link gave me some good info but did not solve my problem

    I tried the Recovery Console and the Console said that it could not find any hard disk drives. Any other options?
  5. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Trying the Install CD

    I tried the recovery Cd. Not working.
  6. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    What about XP repair installation? That's not Recovery Console. It's an automated repair feature that compares the current installation system read-only files against what's on the installation CD. Instead of selecting 'R' for Recovery Console, select "Enter" to install, then select 'R' for repair.
  7. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Where can I find a Bootable Utility disc?
  8. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Rebooting from CD

    I tried all the options and still it could not find a hard drive in my machine.
  9. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    Did you find an XP installation CD and try a repair installation? If so and it failed, did the BIOS POST detect the hard drive?
  10. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    It's the Reinstall CD that comes with the computer. All options could not find the hard drive.
  11. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    Now, did the BIOS detect the hard drive?
     
  12. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The BIOS sees the hard drive.
  13. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    I presume that the hard drive passed POST?
  14. Sonicd69

    Sonicd69 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I don't know what you mean....
  15. CCT

    CCT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,556

  16. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    When you start your comp, BIOS run a Power On Self-Test (POST), so it first detects a device, i.e. hard drive, then runs a test to see if it works. Usually the results are displayed right on the screen but it depends on the manufacturer and your BIOS settings.
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